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St Peter's
Catholic School


Mrs N Shearer-Freyne

Head of English

The Team

Miss A Grout Teacher of English
Miss K Foster Teacher of English and Head of Year 8
Mrs E Fraser Assistant Head of English
Mrs S Hegg Teacher of English
Mrs C Johnson Assistant Head of English
Mr E Martin Teacher of English and IAG and EPQ Co-ordinator
Miss C Taylor Teacher of English and Head of Media

Introduction to the Department

St Peter’s English Department offer a stimulating, diverse and rigorous English curriculum. Central to our ethos is inspiring a love of reading in the students. Students have the opportunity to visit the school’s Learning Resource Centre regularly to explore their passion for literature. Throughout the key stages, we endeavour to foster every students’ interest and ability in our subjects by providing an experience that is rich, enjoyable and inspiring.

Key Stage 3 Information

At Key Stage 3, students study a variety of different texts including classic novels and drama such as: ‘Lord of the Flies’, ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and more modern texts such as: ‘Private Peaceful’ as well as extracts from dystopian fiction. The breadth of the programme of study includes creative and transactional writing. Students enjoy the variety of different writing styles through the exploration of units such as alter egos, travel writing  and gothic writing.

Key Stage 4 Information

For the external examinations, the Pearson Edexcel GCSE is followed in both English Language and English Literature. We give our students the confidence to use literacy skills, knowledge and understanding to succeed not only in their examinations but also as a foundation for further academic study. 

For English Language, the students experience a broad range of 19th century fiction and 20th century non-fiction texts. They have the opportunity to write creatively as well as learning the key skills needed for transactional writing.  In English Literature, students study a range of prose, poetry and drama, ranging from classic to contemporary.

Enrichment Opportunities

Within the department, we offer many enrichment opportunities. There are frequent theatre visits through the key stages to enhance the students’ learning. We also invite theatre companies to perform and provide workshops to inspire the students.

The English Department run a Creative Writing Club and students have the opportunity to take part in short-story and poetry competitions throughout the year. The Sixth Formers lead a regular Book Club exploring a range of classic and modern texts.